It takes you back to the old days.
Only I never did IRC (Internet Relay Chat) in the old days. (And don't IM or text today — signs of fogeydom I suppose.)
But Tuesday, for the first time in my life, I seem to have be banned from an IRC channel.
About three times a year I go onto slashnet, to the #slash channel to get some help/support with occasional problems I have with a slashcode-based web site I more or less run called ICANNWatch. Sunday was one of those rare occasions.
I posted a three line query. Didn't get an answer. There was basically no traffic at all — looks like people had better things to do on a Sunday. Late that day my research assistant solved the problem. I logged off.
Today I logged on thinking to ask how I might enhance ICANNWatch's RSS feed so it carries full text instead of just headlines. But lo and behold:
[INFO] Network view for “slashnet” opened.
[INFO] Attempting to connect to “slashnet”. Use /cancel to abort.
[INFO] Connecting to irc://slashnet/ (irc://irc.slashnet.org/), attempt 1, next attempt in 15 seconds…
= *** Looking up your hostname…
= *** Checking ident…
= *** Found your hostname
= *** No ident response; username prefixed with ~
=== *** Your GECOS (real name) is not allowed on this server (Invalid real name) Please change it and reconnect
[ERROR] Closing Link: icw[adsl-9-209-210.mia.bellsouth.net] (Your GECOS (real name) is banned from this server)
[ERROR] Connection to irc://slashnet/ (irc://irc.slashnet.org/) closed.
I duly attempted to follow the FAQ on how to get reinstated, but to no current avail. I don't even know if this is because the previous user of my DSL link “adsl-9-209.210.mia.bellsouth.net did something naughty, or they think I did, or some other cause entirely….
Update: well, banned in the sense that if you don't change the default user name in the Chatzilla plugin it gets banned…